SASHAKT Project 2018
A session was organised on the topic ‘My First Period’ for girls of Grade 5 and 6 of Mahatma International School, Khanda Colony, Panvel on the 27th November, 2018. The session covered the topics of menstruation, menstrual hygiene and myths associated with it. Around 150 girl students attended this session. SIBC sisters, Ms. Munawira Kotyad-Pillai and Ms. Yvette Lee conducted the session.
SIBC launched a project named SASHAKT, a series of sessions on ‘Gender, Rights and Sexuality’ for girls and women. The sessions will be held with various target groups between the months of August to November, 2018. The Millennium Development Goals report published by United Nations in 2011 reiterated the point that: “Reaching adolescents is critical to improving maternal health & achieving other Millennium Development Goals”. With this objective in mind the project was conceptualized and finalized by SIBC.
The first session was organized on Monday, 13th August 2018, for girl students in the age group of 18-21 years of Mahatma Junior College of Education, Chembur. The session covered topics such as gender equality, selection of life partner, marital adjustments, sexuality and legal aspects and rights in marriage. This session was held in collaboration with Stree Mukti Sanghatana, an organisation working towards women empowerment in Mumbai. Around 50 girls attended the session held over 2 days. The sessions were very interactive and it helped changed the mindset of students on sexuality and marriage.
The second session of project SASHAKT was organised for students of Grade 5-7 of Chembur English High School on 20th August, 2018. The topic for the session was ‘Menstruation – My First Period’ and it covered topics like menstruation, menstrual hygiene and myths associated with it. Around 100 girl-students of the school attended the session.
A session was held for around 200 students of Grade 12 of Chembur English High School and Junior College on the topic of Addiction. The resource person, Ms. Zillima Thomas spoke on the different causes of addiction especially related to stress and peer pressure. She further elaborated on techniques to deal with stress. Members Munawira Kotyad-Pillai, Preeti Pawar and Yvette Lee coordinated and were present for the session.
A session was organised on the topic ‘My First Period’ for girls of Grade 6 of Mahatma School of Academics and Sports, Khanda Colony, Panvel. The session covered the topics of menstruation, menstrual hygiene, and myths associated with it. Around 60 girl students attended this session. SIBC sisters, Ms. Munawira Kotyad-Pillai and Ms. Yvette Lee conducted the session.